A New York City Department of Corrections captain died after undergoing a Brazilian butt lift in the Dominican Republic.
49-year-old Tandra Bowser-Williams, a corrections captain at Rikers Island Jail, suffered a massive stroke just days after undergoing BBL surgery performed by a doctor who was indicted in NY for practicing without a license.
Bowser-Williams reportedly flew to Santo Domingo to receive a fat transfer surgery from plastic surgeon Dr. Hector Cabral, on May 13.
Dr. Cabral was previously indicted in New York in March 2011 on 10 counts of operating without a medical license, fraud and conspiracy charges.
He was accused of charging patients for consultations at med spas and beauty parlors in New York before luring unsuspecting patients to the Dominican Republic for surgery at bargain prices.
Dr. Cabral worked out of a clinic in Santo Domingo, where he operated on patients without a license.
Rapper Cardi B claimed she had a bad feeling after she booked an appointment for BBL surgery with Dr. Cabral. She canceled the surgery: "I had a feeling and I did it with another doctor," she said.
Bowser-Williams' husband, Curtis Williams, told the N.Y. Daily News that his wife was aware of Dr. Cabral's indictment, but she trusted him anyway.
"Her exact words to me were, 'you're gonna love Dr. Cabral's work.' I didn't care one way or another. I accepted my wife the way she was," he told the Daily News.
Williams said he received an urgent call from a nurse at a clinic where his wife had been transferred after suffering a stroke. She told Williams that his wife had a stroke.
"They brought my wife out of the medically induced coma so she could unlock her phone, so that's how she was able to get in touch with me," he said.
"I heard my wife in the background, and she was complaining about her stomach and her butt."
He said she died before he could arrive in Santo Domingo to be by her side.
Williams said Dr. Cabral paid for his plane ticket to the Dominican Republic as well as his wife's embalming at a local funeral home.
"Everybody is distraught. She was the heart, the lifeline of the family. The heartbeat," Williams said.
In 2017, at least four women died during surgeries with Dr. Cabral at the same clinic.